Road bikes are a time honored way of commuting on a budget. Bikes don’t require expensive gas refills.
Also, they are highly eco-friendly and will give your body a great workout too. If you are buying a road bike new, you will have to spend some money.
The big-name brands like Campagnolo, Giant, or Specialized cost a lot of money, sometimes over a $1,000.
If you don’t have that amount of cash, don’t worry. You can buy a good road bike for a price between $100 and $500.
Here is a list of best road bikes under $500 that cyclists will love:
|1||2015 HASA R4 Road Bike Shimano 2400 24 Speed 54cm||32 Reviews||Check Price|
|2||Schwinn Phocus 1600 Men's Road Bike 700c Wheels, 56CM Frame||117 Reviews||Check Price|
|3||Giordano Libero 1.6 Road Bike, 700c, Black/Red, Large||209 Reviews||Check Price|
|4||6KU Track Fixed Gear Bicycle, Black/Black, 55cm||125 Reviews||Check Price|
|5||Alton Corsa R-14D 700C Deep-Dish Rim Road Bike, Silver, 22.8"/Large||9 Reviews||Check Price|
|6||Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike, 700c, Blue, Large/58cm Frame||456 Reviews||Check Price|
|7||Vilano Aluminum Road Bike 21 Speed Shimano, White, 58cm Large||381 Reviews||Check Price|
|8||GMC Denali Road Bike, 700c, Red, Large/63.5cm Frame||364 Reviews||Check Price|
|9||Vilano Fixed Gear Bike Fixie Single Speed Road Bike, Matte Black, 58cm/Large||223 Reviews||Check Price|
|10||Merax 21 Speed 700C Aluminum Road Bike Racing Bicycle (Green, 58CM)||16 Reviews||Check Price|
10 Best Road Bikes Under $500 – 2017
Tips for Buying a Good Road Bike with a $500 Budget
This is what you should know when shopping for bikes with less than $500 to spare:
Always, always check the height of the bike. Most bikes listed above come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. If you are tall, you will have to go for the large size. Read the descriptions to find out which size supports your height. Unfortunately, bike prices tend to vary depending on the size. If you are tall, you may have to pay a bit more for the same bike in large size. The bikes listed above have a max price under $500 even if the size is large.
Most budget bikes listed above have alloy frames. Carbon frames are quite popular these days, but keep in mind that alloy is light. If you have an alloy frame bike, you have a light model that is easy to speed on and carry. If the bike has carbon parts, like the Schwinn Phocus 1600 listed above, it might make the overall weight heavier.
Most budget bikes are intended for beginner or casual riders. If you want to be a pro biker, you can buy a beginner bike and upgrade parts as you like. When you have out-trained the bike, you can gradually upgrade parts over the years, so you don’t have to spend a lot at once on a higher-end model.
Don’t buy bikes with crucial parts made from unknown brands. Crucial parts, like the brakes, must be highly reliable. All of the above-listed models have brakes and similarly important parts made by trusted brands like Shimano.